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    December 17, 2012
    10:00 - 10:30pm PST  

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as newtown starts to lay to rest the victims of the elementary school shootings, people in the bay area are finding ways to pay their respects. plus, the gun control debate intensifies among politicians.
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the bay area lawmakers demanding change immediately. and even the sound of fire engines couldn't stop pre- christmas holiday shopping. what caused the commotion at a san francisco mall. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ken bastida. the grief-stricken community of newtown, connecticut is starting to say good-bye to the littlest victims of the school massacre. loved ones and neighbors attended a pair of funerals today. one was more jack pinto, a fan of the new york giants football team. and the other, noah pozner, a boy interested in mechanical things. one of noah's rabbis read a family statement outside. >> noah, his classmates, and the heroic teachers who gave their lives trying to protect them are with god in heaven. now it's our responsibility to bring heaven down to earth. act by act, good deed by good deed, until we reach the day when no family will need to
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endure grief and sorrow. >> sandy hook elementary is closed as police continue their investigation. but classes will resume tomorrow in some other schools nearby. around the country people are lighting candles tonight for the victims of the newtown school shooting. cbs 5 reporter was at one such vigil in gilroy. >> reporter: here in gilroy, 3,000 miles from newtown, connecticut, there's still one thing that they can do. >> bow your head and say often in prayer. father, i ask that you be with us tonight, lord. >> reporter: about 70 people attended a candlelight vigil at the south valley community church to pray, mourn, and heal. >> this christmas we ask you to heal us, to help us, to be born anew in us, and to be with those surviving students. >> reporter: the victims names were read aloud.
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a candle lit up for each one of them. they photos, all 26 flashed on screen. the vigil was as much for the victims as it was for the local community. >> the question is are we preparing ourselves for when it comes? are we preparing ourselves so that we're able to feel this in a proactive way. so that on the outcome we are stronger on the other end. >> reporter: as the pastor said, one way to deal with anger, fear, and anxiousness from a tragedy is with hope. in gilroy, cbs 5. investigators looking into the school shootings are questioning two school staff members who were injured, but survived. they are also piecing together a timeline of how the tragedy unfolded. cbs reporter has that part of the story. >> reporter: 20-year-old adam lanza launched his massacre at home. officials say lanza shot his mother, nancy, multiple times, killing her in her bed.
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lanza then took four guns, legally registered to his mother and then broke this black honda to sandy hook elementary school about five miles away. students there had finished citing the pledge of allegiance and the buildings doors had been locked. then around 9:30 friday morning staffers in the front office heard popping noises. police say those were likely the sounds of lanza shooting out the glass of one of the school doors. lanza entered the building, carrying a bush master ar-15 assault rifle with two semiautomatic handguns inside the pockets of his military- style cargo pants. police say he was also carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition in multiple magazines. there were more popping sounds. someone in the front office came on the microphone in a frantic attempt to sound the warning. as the gunfire continued, 911 calls were made. just before 9:36, a police
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dispatcher radioed the first alert. >> the caller is indicating that there is someone shooting in the building. >> reporter: the precise sequence of what happened next is unclear, but we do know lanza headed down a hallway towards the section of the school containing the classrooms of the youngest students. there he killed 20 first graders, shooting all of them numerous times with the .223 assault rifle. six adult women, including the principal, the school psychologist, and teachers were also killed. police radio logs suggested the shooting lasted about ten minutes. the slaughter ended as the first police officers arrived on the scene. and sources say lanza was briefly spotted at the end of the hallway. he ducked from view. the officers heard a final round of shots where lanza had used one of the handguns to take his own life. his older brother, ryan, is still being questioned about whether or not he knew that the
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attack was going to happen. but sources say at this point he's not a suspect. >> in the wake of the connecticut massacre, some bay area schools are reviewing their security procedures. both school districts say they have procedures in place and that they have drills throughout the school year. they reviewed their plans at least twice a year, but officials say there's a limit to what they can do. >> how do you adequately prepare for something like this? it is just beyond anyone's expectations. it has rocked us all to the core. it is everyone's worse nightmare. >> many police and fire department now have electronic maps of every school so they can react faster. and the newer schools are built with safety in mind, rather than in the older styles with more open areas. a cbs news poll taken immediately after the shootings find more than half of americans think gun laws should
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be more strict. 57% is the highest number we have seen in a decade, but at the same time when asked about what happened in newtown, 66% said stricter gun laws would have done little or nothing to prevent it. they will introduce a bill next month to ban assault weapons. >> look what happened, 6-year- olds with 3 to 11 bullets from this bush master in their body. 20 of them. is this america? i don't think so. >> they also want to banned the big ammunition clips that hold more than 10 rounds. she's not the only politician speaking out. the new york city mayor on the cbs evening news, he talks about this. >> lots of people think that we shouldn't even have speed limits, but we still have speedlimits. lots of people think we shouldn't have public schools, but we still have public schools. a lot of people are against a lot of different things. a democratic society, you have
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to come together and when the majority of the people want something like that, majority of the people want sensible gun restrictions. >> so why is this your problem? >> why is the murder rate around the country? i'm an american, what's your question? >> why is this mike bloomberg crew said? >> i'm a human being, i don't know what your religion teaches you, but mine teaches me to take care of each other. >> a reality check when it comes to bitter fights over the gun control laws. and grace lee shows us that the state has their own history of gun tragedies new laws and loopholes. >> reporter: 23 years ago the cleveland elementary school shooting left five kids dead and 29 wounded. it is now known as the stopping massacre, leading to an outright banned on assault weapons in california. we thought it couldn't get any worse. >> the connecticut shooting is a wake up call for all of us in america >> reporter: until now with 20
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children shot and killed in newtown, connecticut, they say it is time to stop the mayhem, wanting to reintroduce the bullet banned that failed last year. they allow them to get around the state banned on detachable magazines because you can simply use a tool in this case, a bullet to release the magazine. >> it is as if we do not have an assault weapons banned in the state of california. with the bullet button, assault rifle, what you can do is buy a magnet and you can easily load and unload these magazines. >> reporter: senator yee wants to go much further by adding yearly background checks on gun owners and mental health evallations, but limit the ammunition. >> look right now people are being reactionary about passing gun control laws, but they have no real impact. >> reporter: he is the chairman for the gun rights, but he does not believe that bans on assault weapons or other gun
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parts are the way to prevent violence. >> if we're serious about trying to make these things stop happening, then we have to notice that they always happen and what are gun-free zones. certainly we're not going to be able to get guns in schools, maybe with police officers, but my gosh, why can't we have tasers for administrators and teachers? >> reporter: a part of the reason why his bill failed last year is because some legislature said they didn't need it. and now that's because technically the attorney general could change it herself. but they believe she'll face a losing legal battle and the most effective way is to go through the state's legislature. in the newsroom, grace lee, cbs 5. >> for more on the elementary school tragedy, go to our website, cbsfs.com. a fire on the rooftop mall in downtown san francisco. linda yee is at the mall with more on what happened tonight. linda? >> reporter: well ken, it was a
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scare when somebody saw sparks flying on the roof, they called the fire department. while the alarm sounded, fire trucks set up aerial ladders just in case rescues were necessary. well, it turned out it was just a small grease fire inside the slew of one of the restaurants. students at san francisco state extended classrooms on the top floor were told to leave, but they did it voluntarily. they decided to shut down the theater. and now at these times, that made for some very tense moments. >> because of the alarm, i said oh, i hope there's no gunman coming here to shoot up. because that's what happens in america, you know? >> reporter: well as the movie goers left the theater, it turns out that the stores were still open and shoppers were still shopping. i talked to some fire commanders at the scene saying no evacuations were ever ordered. it was all voluntary and no one was ever in any danger, ken? >> don't try to stop them when they are shopping, right,
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linda? >> reporter: not during this busy shopping season. >> linda yee in san francisco, thank you for that. quick-thinking san francisco police officers were honored today for helping save a newborn's life. the officers from the bayview station responded to a call last wednesday about a woman bleeding. the next thing they knew, a man on the street was handing them an unresponsive newborn. one officer immediately started cpr while the other drove to the hospital. >> i was driving out of my peripheral vision, he was doing cpr and i could hear him crying, talking to the baby, telling the baby to come back and breathe. so you know that's something i will never forget. >> and the mother could face child abandonment and endangerment charges. the infant survived and is doing quite well. the officers plan on delivering some christmas gifts to him very soon. still to come, signs that both sides of the aisle are closer to avoiding the fiscal cliff. plus, nasa deliberately crashing two spacecrafts into the moon.
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why it was time to say good-bye to them. kids are very sad, they don't know where they are going. >> hundreds facing eviction in an upscale peninsula city. why they are being kicked out so close to the holidays. it's been cold and rainy around here. check out the numbers. 19 in the past 25 days we have had a cloudy day in the bay area. is there an end to this chilly streak tonight? another chilly night tonight. your forecast coming up.
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an influential senator third in the presidential line of succession died today.
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he recognized -- he was recognized for breaking barriers also playing a key role in the water gate investigation and iran's controversial scandals. he died from respiratory complications at a washington, d.c. area hospital. a senator since 1963. he was the second longest serving senator. he was 88 years old. well, there is word tonight that president obama and house speaker john boehner may be moving closer to a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. both men, they met for about 45 minutes at the white house today. and people familiar with the talks, they say that the president, he has agreed to curtail the future cost of living increases for the recipients of social security and softened his demand for the higher taxes at the upper income levels. his proposal also increases the top tax rates on those earning more than $400,000. boehner has proposed an earning threshold of $1 million for the higher rates. >> they are still exchanging
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offers, but moving to the middle. and i was very encouraged by the boehner offer. >> well the sides have until january 1 to reach a deal or else automatic spending cuts and tax hikes will take effect. it's not something that you would expect to see in an upscale view. but at a mobile home park, it's been a fixture in the city since the 1920s. but as a cbs5 reporter shows us that they want to evict tenants and build high-end apartments. >> reporter: in a city where the average home price is well over $1 million, it's a place that almost anyone could afford. but the question is how much longer will thereby that vista mobile home park remain home to the more than 100 low-income families that live here? >> we want a place to live and play and it has been very stressful for 400 people around this area in the buena vista. >> reporter: she has lived in this trailer for 18 years, but
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informed by mail that the property owners are moving ahead with plans to evict the residence including 125 children. the plan is to move out the low- income folks and build a 180 unit upper income apartment for the land. >> kids are crying. there is no more home, no more school, no neighbors, no friends, nothing. i see many problems. mucho, too much problem for me and for my kids. >> reporter: the owner of the property declined to comment on his plans. >> we do not want these families and these children to end up homeless, any of them. >> reporter: opponents may not be able to stop the plans, but several community groups are working to ensure the process follows the city guidelines protecting residence and their rights, assisting those who would be forced to move. >> we review this park and these people as very valuable parts of the pal alto community. for them to lose their homes in this community or for our
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community to lose them as members of our community is just something if there is any way to avoid, we want to do that. a pair of nasa spacecrafts crashed into a mountain near the moon's north pole today, but don't worry that was the plan. engineers commanded the twin spacecraft called ed and flo to fire their engines and burn the rest of their fuel. now the mission gave scientists an unprecedented look at the nearest neighbors. >> we know more of the grounding than any other body in the universe. so the mission has been very successful, very proud of our team. and unfortunately it's time for it to end. >> nasa says that they dedicated the impact site in honor of sally rye, the first american woman in space who died earlier this year. speaking of the north poll,
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it's starting to feel a little bit like the north pole here in our bay area. >> yes, i was wondering are we even going to hit 50 degrees today? and the answer was no for some folks in the north bay. it has been chilly. it's going to stay chilly. it has been wet, it's going to stay wet. we're going to be in this pattern for a while longer. now the cloud covers are helping us from getting too cold so far this evening. coming down to 46, tied with santa rosa. but in oakland, san francisco, san jose, sitting at 50 right now. tonight when we do see the clearer skies, we'll likely drop down to the upper 30s again for vallejo, those of you watching here in redwood city. 35 for santa rosa. and napa tonight, 35. tomorrow night, more like 28 or 29 degrees. radar is clear. high-def doppler showing dry conditions throughout the bay area, but that's not going to last forever. there is kind of a two-prong attack, a winter attack, which will be under for the next couple of days. the first thing that we're going to deal with is the cold. moisture will stay to the north with the cold front moving through today. and the influence is coming down from the gulf of alaska,
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getting us chilly as i just mentioned napa and the north bay inland valleys will be in the upper 20s tomorrow night. but cold tonight and pretty chilly throughout the day tomorrow with even some sunshine. then we'll be turning to a wetter pattern, which begins on thursday as they retreat to the north and the west allowing about three to four different storms to move on in, which will keep us wet for four straight days all the way on through the weekend. the last shopping weekend before christmas. and the long range forecast is keeping the entire state of california wetter than normal all the way through the end of the year. so what to expect? we are dry tomorrow, but we will be chilly. lows near freezing on wednesday morning. and here comes the rainfall starting thursday. highs tomorrow, in the low 50s. that's it. san jose, 54. cupertino 54 degrees. low 50s for san francisco and berkeley. extended forecast, a little milder on wednesday. we're mainly sunny. here comes the rain on thursday, right on through sunday. we'll dry out likely by christmas eve. that is your cbs 5 forecast.
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ceos playing a role osantas elfs. how this toy drive is unlike any other in the bay area. [ female announcer ] here's to a whole world of happier holidays. time to enchant, delight and amaze. safeway will help you gather everyone round. a smoked, shank half ham is only 99 cents a pound. get breyer's ice cream for $2.88 and dessert will surely shine. make it a grand finale with starbucks just $6.99. turns out this season less is really so much more. so make your holiday merrier than ever before. safeway. ingredients for life.
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down as much as 25-percent holiday season. but as cbs 5 reporter juliee the salvation army says that the donations are down as much as 25% this holiday season. >> but as cbs 5 reporter shows us that it will change with this big time donation. >> reporter: a room full of brand new toys. $60,000 worth. little elfs are busy buying all of them earlier today. and the destination? the salvation army and then into the hands of the young child. >> it is a giant shopping spree where you are racing through the halls. >> reporter: and so how did all of this come about? well ten years ago during the bus time, a couple of guys who have lost everything rented a coffee shop reading the paper. >> it was friday morning, black friday. >> reporter: they spotted an article by the salvation army, asking for donations because their shelves were -- bare. >> because of the economy and
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oh things. >> they both looked at each other and said let's make someone's holiday really special. >> we spent like $10,000 in an hour. >> reporter: he remembers the day vividly. >> you get fired up when you are buying toys and your heart expands when you are buying stuff for other kids. >> reporter: they say that it will be a big deep effort making a huge impact this holiday season. >> it's a big deal. you know, to dig deep and it really saves christmas for literally thousands of kids in san francisco. and it is something that comes alongside the others to help us help others. >> reporter: the 8-year-old helps shop for a child less fortunate. >> and i put the toy in. and there is a line of people and then you need to pass it and then someone will put it in the truck. >> reporter: one by one all the toys were loaded into the salvation army trucks this evening on their way to make a child's christmas very special. in san francisco, juliette goodrich, cbs 5. all right, another san francisco giant has been reuped for 2013. the a's were busy too and jim
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harbaugh's reaction to the hiring of san jose state's new football coach. the minute is next. oh, you have a keurig vue brewer? oh, it's great! now i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee
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by the hiring of new footba coach ron san jose state, spartan fans are not the only ones fired up by the new hiring. >> it's fantastic. >> yes, the new man at san jose state coming from the university of san francisco to expect it more. >> yes, that's very profound. he replaced harbaugh when he went to stanford. 24-42 in six seasons as he
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looks to build off that there. now the a's, they are expected to be introducing their new shortstop. the japanese star. there will be a press conference tomorrow with oakland. and it all started from the lions. the giants, yes, they have resigned the reliever to a three-year deal with reportedly $15 million. and yes, we have hockey tonight. yes. the san francisco bulls, they are in white at hb pavilion against stockton as you can see the goal there. and later on, the bulls lose the lead. the thunder garrett hunt scores the open net. stockton wins by a final of 6- 4. nice time for you while the nhl hibernates. >> yes, they are never coming back. >> we'll see you at 11:00.
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